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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 3-8-06

JOHN WILEY, 61

John F. Wiley, 61, of Jacksonville died March 3. He was a retired mechanic from Smurfit Stone.
Wiley is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law Chris and Jackie Wiley of Jacksonville and Travis and Bertha Wiley of Houston, Ark., one brother, Walter Van New of California; one sister, Phyllis Kimbell of Collinsville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Joanna Wiley and Elizabeth and Dona Sumler; two great-grandchildren, Johnathan Norman and Brandon Wiley.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cabot Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Des Arc.

JERRY MARSHALL, 75

Jerry Jean Wells Marshall, 75, of Ward, died March 4.
She was born March 9, 1930, in El Paso to the late Roy W. and Clarice Boardman Wells.
She was a member of Mars Hill Church of Christ.
In addition to being a homemaker, she was a rural mail carrier and during World War II, she worked at the arsenal in Jacksonville. She served the city of Ward as an alderman on the city council for many years. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Harold Marshall of Ward, and five children, Paula Henderson and her husband, Steve, who preceded her in death, of England, Vicky Hendrix and her husband John of Cabot, Robbie Marshall and his wife, Lori of Sixteenth Section, Alesia Roberts and her husband, Darrell of Ward and Renee Shepard and her husband, Jerry of Harrison.
She is also survived by one sister, Betty Ridgeway of Ward, and two brothers, Carl Wells of Vilonia and Dennis Wells of Conway as well as eight grandchildren, Torey, Paula, Jesse, Marshall, Faith, Darla, Kaitlan and Sarah. She was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Cabot Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Brother David Riley and Brother Joe Johnson.
Burial will follow in Sixteenth Section Cemetery.
Memorials in honor of Jerry Marshall may be made to Arkansas Hospice.

ILA SULLIVAN, 80

Ila Fay Sullivan, 80, of North Little Rock died March 6.
She was born May 4, 1925, in Cabot to the late Horace Lee and Grace Evelyn Bailey Mulkey. She graduated high school and attended Draughn’s School of Business before her career in computer services for the Arkansas Highway Department. She was also an avid reader.
She is survived by three children; Roy Lee Sullivan of North Little Rock, Carol Jean Wawerna of Prescott, Ariz., and Hosea Dan Sullivan of Little Rock. She is also survived by one grandson, Brandon Seagroves of Atlanta, Ga., and one brother, Ronald Lewis Mulkey of Cabot. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Cabot Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Humane Society of Pulaski County at 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, Ark., 72210.
Services are under the direction of Cabot Funeral Home.

BARBARA BALDING, 55

Barbara Balding, 55, of Austin, died March 4.
She was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a retired truck driver. She is survived by her husband, Mack A. Balding of Austin.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

COY HODGES, 95

Coy Homer Hodges, 95, of Austin, passed away March 3.  
He was born Jan. 5, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hodges in Beebe.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Illamae Dover and one daughter, Cynthia Baucum. He is survived by one son, Loyd and wife Deborah Hodges of Cabot; two grandchildren, Dawn Lewis and Holly Hodges. Graveside services were held Tuesday at Sumner Cemetery in Cabot. Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

ALMA FORD, 79

Alma Jean Ford, 79, of Jacksonville, passed away March 5. She was born Dec. 23, 1926, in Morrilton to the late Abner and Thelma Chandler Fitzgerald.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vernon Ford of Jack-sonville; two daughters, Benita Crook of Jacksonville and Belinda McNew of Cabot; two sisters, Jan Moore of Fayetteville and Betty Bolling of Oklahoma; brother, Jackie Fitzgerald of Alma; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Tuesday at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery with arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service of Cabot.

JOEY MAHONEY, 8

Joey Mahoney, 8, of Cabot died March 2. He was born March 22, 1997, in Little Rock. Joey and his family attended Faith Christian Center. He was an honor student with straight A’s at Southside Elem-entary School in Cabot.
He en-joyed playing video games, working on the computer, riding his bike FAST, and playing with his brothers. Joey is the oldest of three children.
He is survived by his parents; Seath and Jammie Mahoney of Cabot; two brothers, Blain and Colton Mahoney of Cabot.  
He is also survived by his maternal grandparents; Kevin and Tina Colton of Cabot, who he called Nana and Papa; paternal grandparents, Janice Mahoney and John Stanley of Houston, Texas, who he called Memaw and Papa; his great-grandparents, Mary and Jessie Martindale of Jacksonville, Dale and Louise Crabtree of Austin and Connie and George Mahoney of Cabot. To Joey, Mary and Connie were known as “Granny” and George was known as “Pop.” Joey is also survived by two great-great grandmothers; Selma Thornton, “Granny T,” of Cabot and Auda Martindale of Little Rock as well as a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Faith Christian Center with Pastor Gene Gilliam officiating. Burial followed in King Cemetery in Cabot.
Arrangements were by Cabot Funeral Home.

MARY ROBINSON, 89

Mary S. Robinson, 89, of Hazen Nursing Center, formerly of Zimmerman Nursing Home in Carlisle, died Feb. 22. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Robinson.
Survivors include her daughter, Reola Blackwell of Michigan.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

L.C. DRENNAN, 88

L.C. ‘’Pete’’ Drennan, 88, of El Paso passed away March 4 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rosabelle; one son, Wendall and wife Ninette of El Paso; two grandchildren, Cheryl and husband John Reaves and Mark and wife Misty Drennan of El Paso; four great-grandchildren, Cody, Ellie, and Will Reaves, Pete Drennan and one special niece, Alice Nipper, of Beebe. 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Christopher and wife Kit Drennan; five brothers, Lois, Otha, Charlie, Boone, and Buddy; three sisters, Carrie Ander-son, Valrie Price and Velma Harston.
He was an excellent farmer and an avid outdoorsman.
He loved fishing, hunting, and all types of sports. As a young man, he was a very good baseball and basketball player. He was also a member of the White County ASCS Committee for 35 years. 
The family wishes to thank all of his friends and neighbors for their loving support.
A special thanks to the nurses and aides from Hospice Home Care of Searcy which allowed him to stay at home with his family and on the farm which he loved.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Grissard Cemetery.

GENE BAKER, 79

Gene Baker, 79, of Antioch, died March 4. He was a retired constable for Antioch Township.
He is survived by his son, Billy and wife Teresa Baker of Beebe; his daughter, Jamie and husband Bobby Brown of Antioch; five grandchildren, Joshua Hackler, Christopher Hackler, Madison Brown, Sean Henderson and Sarah Baker; one great-grandchild, Nathan Lovell; four brothers, Doug Baker and Wayne Baker, both of Cabot, J. D. Baker and W. C. Baker, both of Beebe; two sisters, Anne Schultz of Ohio and Evelyn Blake Hodges of Kensett.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and a sister, Lois Baker.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at West-brook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Antioch Cemetery.

VERNIE MCEUEN, 92

Vernie Haynie McEuen, 92, of Beebe, was born Nov. 26, 1913, at McRae, (16th Section) to Samuel and Susie Evans Haynie, and she died March 6, 2006.
She was Past Worthy Matron of Forrest Park Chapter of Eastern Star in Little Rock, and a delegate to Delaware in 1960.
She was a 50 member of Eastern Star in 2004, was active in Railroad Engineers Wives Club for many years, and was a member of Union Valley Baptist Church in Beebe.
She was always a very loving mother, an excellent cook, and was known for the wonderful pies that she baked. She loved to fish, and not too many years ago raised a huge garden.
She is survived by two sons, Ray McEuen, Jr. and wife Sue, and James M. McEuen and wife Donna, all of Beebe; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Powell of Escon-dido, Calif.; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ray McEuen, Sr. who was a retired engineer for Missouri Pacific Railroad, after almost 70 years of marriage; also, her parents, one brother, two sisters and one grandson.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at West-brook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Westbrook Fune-ral Home. Burial will be in Weir Cemetery. Rev. Tommy Miller will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Union Valley Baptist Church, 932 Hwy. 64 West, Beebe, Ark., 72012.

JAMES REAVES, 76

James W. “J.W.” Reaves, 76, of Beebe, was born Nov. 3, 1929, to Issac E. and Mary Ethel Island Reaves. He went home to be with the Lord on March 6.
He retired from Arkansas Best Freight System after 38 years of service.
He served four years in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Auxiliary and then worked as the animal control officer for the city of Beebe for seven years.
He was a member of Harrison Chapel Church at Beebe.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Syble Reaves; two sons, Randy Reaves and wife Sandy of Cabot and David Reaves and wife Nancy of Beebe; two daughters, Vicky Reed of Cabot and Holly Reaves Dugger of Searcy; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Naomi Jen-kins of Beebe and many other loving relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved pets and best friends, Teddy and Charlie.
J.W. sincerely loved his family as well as dogs and all animals. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, woodworking, gardening and decorating for Christmas.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Westbrook Fune-ral Home with burial in Meadow-brook Memorial Gardens at Beebe.